March 10, 2014
Rivers Elementary student, Hayden Miller and his parents, Deann and Mike, along with Extended Studies teacher, Francie Clinton, attended the FIRST LEGO League Championship at Edmond Santa Fe High School on Saturday, Feb. 22. Rivers’ Elementary Extended Studies Program received an OSDE grant to purchase materials and will participate in next year’s competition.
Hayden was very excited about the competition. He told Mrs. Clinton that they would have to get an early start! He said, “I like how you can make robots out of Legos because I like Legos a lot. I am excited to compete next year.”
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and assisted by mentors, the kids research and solve a real-world problem based on the Challenge theme, present their research and solutions, and build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts.
Using the yearly Challenges, FLL entices kids to think like scientists and engineers, provides a fun, creative, hands-on learning experience, teaches kids to experiment and overcome obstacles, builds self-esteem and confidence, and inspires kids to participate in science and technology.
No matter what the child’s subject interest, FLL offers an opportunity for engagement. Whether it is by creativity, technology, or research, FLL dares kids to test, explore, expand, or completely change thoughts and approaches for different sciences each year.
To find out more about FIRST Lego League in Oklahoma contact the Oklahoma Science and Engineering Foundation (OKSEF) http://oksef.org/index.html